Multiple bomb explosions have rocked Nigeria's Christian-populated Sabon Gari district on Monday evening, killing at least a dozen people, according to local authorities in the northern city of Kano.
Multiple explosions hit the area around 9:00 p.m. local time in an area popular for entertainment that includes outdoor bars, music, and table tennis facilities, and which is highly populated by the city's Christian population. It is the same area previously attacked by militant Islamic group Boko Haram, which is fighting to make northern Nigeria a completely Islamic state and hopes to wipe out all signs of Christianity from the region.
Military Joint Task Force spokesman Lt. Ikedichi Iweha confirmed that 12 people died at the scene of the blasts, and "a couple" of other people were also wounded. He added that he blames Boko Haram for the attacks. more >>
Several experts on Islam, speaking after recent turmoil following the ousting of Egypt's President Morsi, highlighted that Islam is not monolithic and the U.S. should support the Islamic tradition that respects religious liberty.
"Religion, when it becomes political and it seeks to take control of society, should be rejected," Christian convert from Islam Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, international director of the Barnabus Fund, and spokesman for persecuted Christians, told The Christian Post in an interview Tuesday. He called the now-deposed Muslim Brotherhood government Islamist and said it sought to "transform Egypt from a democratic society to what would effectively be a religious state."
Sookhdeo expressed concern that the military – rather than an election – had removed former President Morsi, but said the action nevertheless bore some degree of legitimacy. When "countless millions come out upon the streets, and basically argue that he is creating what is in effect a religious state and therefore he should step down, I think the voices of those people do need to be listened to." more >>
You probably cannot find a more scholarly, measured, and careful writer than Michael Barone. This Resident Fellow at the respected American Enterprise Institute is not given to exaggeration. Let others set their hair on fire to get a headline, Harvard-educated Michael Barone makes news because he's one who knows.
He has been the co-editor since 1968 of The Almanac of American Politics. It has been referred to as the "Bible," but usually by those who don't have another. Still, when Michael Barone says the Obama administration views "Christianity bad, Islam good," people sit up and take notice.
Can this be true? Let's try a test. Could these columnists [Blackwell and Morrison] be admitted to this White House? It's doubtful under the Obama administration. That's because, respectful as we are of the high office of the presidency, and of the unique and historic role of Barack Obama as our first black president, we have nonetheless publicly criticized this president's policies. And we've done so for years. more >>
Princeton law professor Robert P. George, newly elected chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), says that USCIRF must act as America's conscience for religious liberty, which is a fundamental part of human dignity.
"It's the job of this Commission to be this nation's conscience," George said in a Monday interview with The Christian Post.
He shared his goals for the Commission and the essential need for religious freedom. "There are significant threats to religious liberty around the world," he said, mentioning a broad swath of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. more >>
WASHINGTON – A representative of the Cuban Catholic Church explained at an event Monday that presently the Catholic Church is exerting a growing influence in the country.
Orlando Márquez Hidalgo, editor and director of the Havana Archdiocese publication Palabra Nueva (or New Word), explained to The Christian Post after a panel discussion event held by the Brookings Institute that there is "open dialogue" between the Church and President Raúl Castro.
"There is an open dialogue, there is not a road map, there is an open dialogue where everything can be included," said Márquez. "They talked about the situation in Cuba and the relationship with the regime, how to improve the relations between the Church and the government." more >>
A nationwide rally in Egypt occurring today could be the biggest political event in the country's history, surpassing even the tens of millions who demonstrated in June, predicted Egyptian-born pastor and Middle East broadcaster Michael Youssef, who said huge crowds were already hitting the streets.
The massive rally is to show support for Army General Abdel Fatta al-Sisi, who took leadership after former President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, and to demonstrate the people's commitment to "Egypt Against Terrorism."
"Egyptians love a party – by 11 o'clock their time, I will not be surprised to hear they will have more than they had before – more than the 30 million on the 30th of June," Youssef, a native Egyptian who leads the "number one watched Christian television station in the Arab world," told The Christian Post Friday. more >>